“Activity is the essence of life” said Dean Carroll OT/R, at the Guild’s October meeting. Dean was our featured speaker and taught us how to keep our bodies healthy so we can knit for a lifetime.
Here are some tips Dean shared:
Don’t Knit for Hours
Change your posture frequently and don’t sit for more than 20 minutes. Get up and move, do something else, stretch. Frequent stretching is essential.
The Position of Comfort = The Position Of Deformity
That favorite ,worn out, soft chair you sit on may not be the best for knitting and your body. The pelvis supports the spine and tilts forward and back. Use a lumbar roll to support your pelvis and spine. The softer the chair the more likely you are to round your pelvis in a bad way so think about what you are sitting on!
Mind Your Elbows
Elbows are the most neglected joint in the body. Don’t let your elbows stay in one position for too long. You could develop a bursitis and/or joint issues and have problems knitting down the road.
Adequate Lighting is Essential
Eyes can become strained and injured when lighting is not sufficient. Also, you may position yourself in an awkward position if lighting is too dim which could then cause injuries to the body.
Temperature is Important
Repetitive movements in cold environments can lead to arthritic conditions and repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. If your hands feel cold raise the heat or wear compression style fingerless gloves while you knit to keep joints warm and to provide support to your hands.
What do you do to ensure you can Knit for a Lifetime? Share in our comments section!